Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Airport security and the American soul

Airport security and the American soul
By Kevin Connolly
BBC News, Washington | 24 November 2010 Last updated at 15:13 ET

"As Americans count the blessings which providence has showered over them this Thanksgiving holiday, a division has emerged over how they should view the security staff on duty at the nation's airports.

Should they acclaim the staff of the Transportation Safety Authority - who are, after all, working on a public holiday - for protecting them with their ceaseless vigilance?

Or should they find something sinister in the new full-body screening machines and pat-down procedures which are making air travel here an ever less joyful experience?

At the heart of the debate are conflicting impulses within the American soul towards state authority.
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This is a very interesting take on the whole TSA "pat-down" issue. As a US citizen who spent the majority of his life growing up in Europe (17 of my first 25 years, including 12 straight from the age of 13 to 25) I think I have a unique perspective here. I can see both sides of the debate. This article should help those citizens who have no experience outside of the States see things from a different angle.

This issue is not as black and white as it might seem.

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